Originally Posted by markmon1
... 7 feet from the screen. This is in the first 1/3 of the room and in a sound sweet spot....
...and realized you have to sit close to benefit from 4K resolution...
...The final row is on the back wall...
...There is about 5 feet from the back of the middle row to the back wall so that could also be a bar...
...My screen is a 16x9 135" screen...
...My ceilings are only 84 inch (7 feet)...
...My room is all function no form...Performance is outstanding...
...I consider an optimal seat purely personal preference...I hate those standard black matching linked theater seats...
...I have a dual reclining couch that is my main seat...
...usually with kids...Most people that come aren't theater enthusiasts...
...Most the time the owner of the theater is using the room alone or with a spouse.
I agree with you; 7 feet away is likely a sweet spot for sound in your theater. The screen however, must be personal preference, because if I sat 7 feet away from 135" 16x9 screen (nice size screen BTW) I would probably become sick if there was a lot of motion.
I feel the closer I sit to a 4K screen the more likely I am to see the blurred edges on the "no pirating logo, etc..." at the beginning of movies. I know what you mean though, the better resolution the closer you can sit without seeing the blurred lines, I would just worry that with an AT screen you would see the perf or the weave of the screen at 7 feet; so I'd probably avoid it like the plague or COVID-19
My current ceilings are ~80 some inches 12.5 ft and ~20+ feet too (that is why I'm going to lower the floor have only 2 rows and not have a bar).
For his theater, I would be worried how he was going to put in a door on the back wall of the theater and have two speakers back there; without having seats that weren't in front of a door or right in front of a speaker (both I've sat in before and were almost as bad as having the seat at the back of the plane right in front of the bathroom that doesn't recline and smells
. Maybe he can, and I'm just not creative enough or have trouble visualizing it.
I think a major part of function IS form (of the room, that is), unless the laws of physics can be broken--I wish. I agree, cosmetics is another issue= all preference. You don't need matching furniture, lavish lighting fixtures, fancy wood work, or framed movie posters layered with 24k gold; but it does need to sound great
, and the movie needs to look great
. I won't be getting seats like most people get--so I agree the physical seats are preference--except they need to be comfortable AND not cause physical anatomic strain.
I will probably have dual reclining couches also--I agree, but mine is because I don't have enough room on the sides to have quality sound in every position. I stood by the side wall of my theater the other month when my brother in law and his kids were on the couch and the sound was so boomy (huge uncontrolled bass and no voices) that I couldn't even stand it. It sounded like I was listening to a movie with a 5 gal bucket on my head (the orange ones from Home Depot, with Homer on them). Just saying, I would be embarrassed having anyone listen to a movie by the side wall of my theater--and that is just my preference (I wouldn't waste the money on the seats by any of the walls--). Even if they were kids--better hearing--, or non-enthusiast, I would still want them to hear the voices in the movie and not just bass or what was coming out of the side or back wall speakers.
Originally Posted by mikela
Couldn't agree more!
Agree-- Dennis and BIG= super sweet; but I guess even though WE want high performance theaters, it is a possibility the OP may not want that kind of quality (hurts me to even say it)
-- but I guess that is an option.
OP, it is difficult to change the size and shape of the room later down the road--it's not like upgrading speakers, AMPs or a PJ, and THAT I feel is the first major decision you're going to have--and I've never heard anyone say, " I wish I had less room in my theater." So Mikela, and BIG I think you guys are exactly right! (PS: mikela, I like your thread too, I bet that Perf screen is great--and those speakers--ahh).
Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC
This is what I meant by sub-optimal in your own words.
Heck yeah...are all of those theaters my taste, nope, but the room audio and video
in every room is what counts, and if I can't at least
be on par with a commercial movie theater than what is the point of having a theater at my house. I'd pay the 6.50 to see the matinee if it meant better sound and video...Just my preference, but that is why I want to improve my HT (that and I'll want a good theater if I'm ever stranded at home--or in a shelter in place situation; ah crap; too late, dang
). PS: nice builds Jeff.
OP: In the end if you really want a bar then 7.5m is close and 8m is better (of course 8.5 is best), but the extra seating will mean you don't get to play pool, or have other friends come over and play pool. I would try 7.5 and try to have it all if a professional designer can make it work. As alway IMHO, and all info is to be taken with a few grains of salt.